ISP company receives Oconee go ahead

One of Oconee’s approved vendors to offer broadband hookups received a special exception last night for a communication tower near West Union. Josh Stephens, county zoning administrator, said the special exception means that OneTone Telecom of Seneca may use the tower to provide wireless internet to the West Union area community. It’s to be a 65-foot wooden pole along South […]

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Appeals board rejects road variance

Plans by a Clemson home development company for a project tucked inside Oconee County seem to be in doubt today—following a vote last night by the county board of zoning appeals. The appeals board voted to turn down a road development variance in what’s described as a “one-way in, one-way out” area that crosses railroad tracks in the vicinity of […]

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Pool opening sign of good times ahead!

Crowds were good for the Memorial Day weekend opening of the Walhalla Swimming Pool—the only municipal pool to be in operation this summer in Oconee County. Daryl Broome, the Foothills YMCA which, by contract, is running the pool, says crowds were goods and the swimmers returned after a couple of weekend thunderstorms. Broome says the number of swimmers, along with […]

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Sprouse to be present for judgeship vote

Oconee County’s Scott Sprouse is on his way to Columbia to be present during a noon hour vote today of a joint session of the South Carolina Legislature. That vote is to elect Sprouse to succeed the retiring Alex Macaulay as judge in the 10th Circuit—serving Oconee and Anderson counties. Sprouse is considered a shoo-in. He has been deemed qualified […]

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Seneca budgets approach $41 million

All told, Seneca expenses and revenues over the next year are projected to reach $40.7 million. Mayor Dan Alexander and Joel Seavey, the city financial director, last night presented to city council six separate budgets for consideration on first reading during a meeting next week. No tax increases are planned, nor are there is any utility or other rate increase […]

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Seneca revokes business license

A vote last night at Seneca City Hall revokes the license to operate of the business known as Purple Haze—at 722 W. N. 1st Street, Suites A and B. The 7 to 1 vote was taken over the protest of the Purple Haze owner and its attorney. Councilman Stuart Pohl voted no. Joel Seavey, city clerk-treasurer, explained after the meeting […]

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Computer program camp at Clemson University

Some of the nation’s brightest high school students are at Clemson University this week to take part in a training camp that decides which four will go to Taiwan to represent the United States in an international computer-programming contest. While on campus, the 24 students live in the dorms, participate in lectures on advanced computing techniques and sharpen their problem-solving […]

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Sexual assault alleged at boat landing

A western North Carolina man jailed in Oconee County is accused of committing a sexual assaultover the holiday weekend at Fall Creek #2, a Lake Keowee boating landing. An arrest affidavit alleges David Luker, 61-year old resident Tuckassegee, committed criminal sexual conduct first degree Sunday at the Fall Creek Landing.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Two Myrtle Beach area brothers detained in Oconee

Two brothers from the Myrtle Beach area have been jailed in Oconee County in the investigation of a stolen car case. According to Oconee Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center reports, James Thomas Coulter of Galivants Ferry and Larry Alan Coulter of Myrtle Beach were arrested Saturday afternoon by sheriff’s officers who investigated the report of a suspicious vehicle near Salem, […]

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Teacher Forum awards scholarships

The Oconee Teacher Forum has awarded scholarships worth $2 thousand each to four high school seniors who’ve shown interest in wanting to pursue careers as educators. The 2014 winners represent each of the county’s four high schools. Courtney Dickerson of West-Oak High School plans to attend Anderson University and major in Physical Education. Grace Hope Martin of Walhalla High School […]

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